It was not a “special” made for Leslie’s. Just an off the shelf item.
Years ago working (1966) in a consultants dealing in water supply and water treatment, they had an old catalog with all sorts of castings. Although the book was old it was kept for reference as while carrying out works in water treatment works etc. You could well come across items that were 50-100 years old that were still in use. A fascinating read.
Some of these castings were refurbished with new bearings etc. Good for a lot more years. Today these would be just scrapped as the capacity of all water systems have to cope with a far greater capacity.
This old catalog helped with specifying modern replacements.
So what am I saying, the missing fountain is sentimental to all us Hebburnites and I hope that it could be found. But it’s not a unique piece. There could be an almost identical fountain sitting in an antique shop somewhere. Get Drew Pritchard on the case ! In fact that might not be such a daft idea !
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